Sunday, October 26, 2008

PERCEPTION ~ GBE 59


A little something different this week. I am doing a photo blog this time. Although not all of the pics I selected will make you think of the subject this week, it just shows how these "1,000 words" are a personal selection and viewpoint.

The subject this week is



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And I just HAD to add this.............
Perspective... Perception... Who cares? Boobie shot!!!



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This is my submission to the GBE. This week's topic is Perception. The GBE, or Group Blogging Experience is great fun. Each week (usually on Tuesday) we are given a general topic by our fearless leader Alicia and we have until that Saturday to blog about it. Say whatever you want. Silly, serious, true, fiction, debate.... whatever. It's up to you. If your interested just go to Alicia's Blog and and check it out. If you want to participate comment her blog saying "I'm in", that's it. No big sign up or anything. You blog and she'll link to your blog and everyone else's on Saturday.

Make sure you're not private though. So that everyone can read your blog.


Saturday, October 18, 2008

Super Power Mission - Cadet Kev®


The mission is simple: What super power would you like to be blessed with?
That's easy. I would like to be blessed with the gift of invisibility! I would fly the universes on my silver surf board, becoming invisible when needed.


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I would dress up in a suit and tie and wear my hat.

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Just think, I could glide in and use my power for good. Help the "little man" and the oppressed.

On a personal side:
Oh no, here comes my landlord. Disappear. Was I speeding officer? Disappear. Need to avoid bodyguards to see famous people. Walk right by. Climb on my board Jenn, and I'll fly you to Johnny Depp's, but I won't be staying. I'll be heading to Emmanuelle Chriqui's.



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That's when I may get the reputation as:


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X-ray vision wouldn't hurt either, but that would be selfish, seeing how I'd probably only need that for personal use. ;P
Mission Complete. Over & Out.

GBE 58 - AFFECTION

Affection. I long for it; who doesn't? I found a quote that said it all to me. So, only one pic, one quote, and one wish that someday I'll find this. Merriam-Webster's defines it as follows:

Main Entry: af·fec·tion

Pronunciation: ..ə-ˈfek-shən..

Function: noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French affection, from Latin affection-, affectio, from afficere

Date: 13th century

1: a moderate feeling or emotion

2: tender attachment: fondness (she had a deep affection for her parents)

3 a (1): a bodily condition (2): disease, malady b: attribute (shape and weight are affections of bodies)

4 obsolete: partiality , prejudice

5: the feeling aspect (as in pleasure) of consciousness

6 a: propensity, disposition

b archaic : affectation 1

7: the action of affecting: the state of being affected



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"It's not till sex has died out between a man and a woman that they can really love. And now I mean affection. Now I mean to be fond of (as one is fond of oneself) --to hope, to be disappointed, to live inside the other heart. When I look back on the pain of sex, the love like a wild fox so ready to bite, the antagonism that sits like a twin beside love, and contrast it with affection, so deeply unrepeatable, of two people who have lived a life together (and of whom one must die) it's the affection I find richer. It's that I would have again. Not all those doubtful rainbow colors."
~ Enid Bagnold

Not that I don't also want "the pain of sex, the love like a wild fox so ready to bite, the antagonism that sits like a twin beside love". But to find someone to grow old with..........

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This is my submission to the GBE. This week's topic is Affection.
The GBE, or Group Blogging Experience is great fun. Each week (usually on Tuesday) we are given a general topic by our fearless leader Alicia and we have until that Saturday to blog about it. Say whatever you want. Silly, serious, true, fiction, debate.... whatever. It's up to you. If your interested just go to Alicia's Blog and and check it out. If you want to participate comment her blog saying "I'm in", that's it. No big sign up or anything. You blog and she'll link to your blog and everyone else's on Saturday.

Make sure you're not private though. So that everyone can read your blog.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Banning Books. Blog’s open now.

Category: Life

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I read a blog by Dia and she got me thinking. I categorized this as life. Why? Books are knowledge; books are power; books are life. I remember going to the library as a child and losing myself in all those aisles of books. I still do. I could go anywhere I wanted, in my mind. But with the talk, especially lately, about banning certain titles, I just wanted to leave you some images regarding that subject in hopes that maybe they will make you think. Books were my refuge growing up- heck, even now I can transport to a better place by reading. That and music, and both are subject to censor. I'd love to hear what you have to say.



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And probably most thought provoking and scary, especially for us in the United States......

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From Dia's Blog: Most Challenged Books of 21st Century (2000-2005)The American Library Association (ALA) compiled this list of the top 10 most challenged books from 2000-2005, with the Harry Potter series of books leading the pack.

1. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

2. "The Chocolate War" by Robert Cormier

3. Alice series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

4. "Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck

5. "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" by Maya Angelou

6. "Fallen Angels" by Walter Dean Myers

7. "It's Perfectly Normal" by Robie Harris

8. Scary Stories series by Alvin Schwartz

9. Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey

10. "Forever" by Judy Blume

All but three of these books also were in the top 10 of the most challenged books of the 1990s. The ALA reports there were more than 3,000 attempts to remove books from schools and public libraries between 2000 and 2005. Challenges are defined as formal, written complaints filed with a library or school requesting that materials be removed because of content or appropriateness.

The "10 Most Challenged Books of 2007" reflect a range of themes, and consist of the following titles:

1) "And Tango Makes Three," by Justin Richardson/Peter Parnell Reasons: Anti-Ethnic, Sexism, Homosexuality, Anti-Family, Religious Viewpoint, Unsuited to Age Group

2) The Chocolate War," by Robert Cormier
Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Violence

3) "Olive's Ocean," by Kevin Henkes
Reasons: Sexually Explicit and Offensive Language

4) "The Golden Compass," by Philip Pullman
Reasons: Religious Viewpoint

5) "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," by Mark Twain
Reasons: Racism

6) "The Color Purple," by Alice Walker
Reasons: Homosexuality, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language

7) "TTYL," by Lauren Myracle
Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group

8) "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," by Maya Angelou Reasons: Sexually Explicit

9) "It's Perfectly Normal," by Robie Harris
Reasons: Sex Education, Sexually Explicit

10) "The Perks of Being A Wallflower," by Stephen Chbosky
Reasons: Homosexuality, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group

"It's not just the books under fire now that worry me. It is the books that will never be written. The books that will never be read. And all due to the fear of censorship. As always, young readers will be the real losers." Judy Blume